Wish­list

New stuff to spend your hard-earned cash on this month

Bird Watching (UK) - - Contents - WORDS: DAVID CHAN­DLER

Bird­ing-re­lated good­ies this month in­clude fleeces, bird food and tow­els

BUBEL, BEACH TOWEL £40

Four times more ab­sorbent than a nor­mal towel, this full-size beach towel is also com­pact enough to pack down to be fit­ted eas­ily into a cam­era bag or day-sack. It’s quick-dry­ing, too, and made from en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly ma­te­ri­als, and an­tibac­te­rial treat­ment en­sures that it stays clean as well as you. It comes in a wide range of colour­ful and eye-catch­ing de­signs. Per­fect if you’re com­bin­ing your bird­ing with camp­ing, or hav­ing to rough it on a birdwatching ex­pe­di­tion over­seas. bubel­barcelona.com

HAGLÖFS L.I.M PROOF JACKET, £130

A ‘sus­tain­able jacket for un­re­li­able weather’. It’s min­i­mal­ist, wind­proof, wa­ter­proof, light­weight, pack­able, and has very good breatha­bil­ity. One to shove in the bag for un­pre­dictable days in the field. The L.I.M Proof is made from fluoro­car­bon free fab­ric, has an elas­ti­cated, peaked hood, no shoul­der, side or in­ner sleeve seams, one zip-up chest pocket and a dropped rear hem. The most birder-friendly colours of­fered are blue ink, true black, and for men, bel­uga. www.ha­glofs.com

BIRD GRA­NOLA, £5.99 FOR 1KG

Gra­nola for birds – but it can be served up at any time of day, and any time of year. This en­ergy-rich con­coc­tion is loaded with dried meal­worms, mil­let, rape­seed and oats. That sounds de­li­cious enough, but to make it even harder to re­sist it’s coated in yummy suet! Suit­able for ground feeding or spread­ing on the bird ta­ble. But don’t mix it up with your own break­fast ce­re­als. shop­ping.rspb.org.uk

MAULEY ME­DIA BEE ID APP, £5.99

This app is based on a data­base of 91 forms of the UK’S 25 bum­ble­bee species. It uses 14 dif­fer­ent bee fea­tures to re­duce your op­tions and help you put the right name to that bee. This ap­proach means that even an im­per­fect view could be enough for a pos­i­tive ID. It has pho­tos and de­scrip­tions, and can record what you’ve seen, and where and when. For IOS de­vices. 207MB. Needs IOS 9.0 or later. Avail­able from the Ap­ple App Store.

KITE CAIMAN BINOC­U­LARS, £249

The Caimans are new en­try-level bins from Kite, a Bel­gian brand, with an 8x42 and a 10x42 in the range. With ‘ex­cel­lent colour bal­ance’ and ‘a bright and sharp im­age’ the Caimans have a 132m/105m field of view, fo­cus down to 1.5/1.8m and have 17/15mm of eye re­lief re­spec­tively. Full fo­cus travel is 1.5 turns of the wheel. The chas­sis and re­mov­able eye­cups are alu­minium, and each model weighs just un­der 700g. There’s a 15-year war­ranty, too. ki­teop­tics.com

TOM CRID­LAND 30 YEAR T-SHIRT/SWEAT­SHIRT, £45/£65 OR £95

So, you’ve got the eth­i­cal un­der­wear. Now for the T-shirt or sweat­shirt. Tom Crid­land 30 year T-shirts and Sweat­shirts are hand­made in lux­ury Ital­ian cot­ton, and avail­able in a range of colours all with a 30-year guar­an­tee. Cloth­ing that re­ally lasts – that’s good ethics. The price tag is hefty but spread it over 30 years and they be­come good value. T-shirts in XS-XXXXL, Sweat­shirts S-XXXXL. Just make sure it’s a colour you re­ally like… tom­crid­land.com

ECHO ME­TER TOUCH 2 BAT DE­TEC­TOR, £199 AT NHBS

Bat de­tec­tors have come on a bit… This one plugs in to your ipad, iphone or ipod Touch. Then you can hear, record, and iden­tify bat calls in real time, and view colour sono­grams. If your de­vice does GPS it will note the lo­ca­tion, too. You’ll need the Echo Me­ter Touch App as well but that’s a free down­load. Just what you al­ways wanted a bat de­tec­tor to do! Avail­able from the web­site be­low, there’s com­pat­i­bil­ity info there, too. nhbs.com

ALP­KIT GRIF­FON HOODED MID-LAYER FLEECE, £35

Look cool but stay warm in the Grif­fon. This mid-layer pro­vides plenty of warmth but is pack­able and doesn’t weigh too much. A soft grid on the rear of the fab­ric feels good and traps air. But when things warm up, the thin fab­ric draws out ex­cess heat bet­ter than nor­mal fleece. Ath­letic fit, snug hood, thumb-loops, full length zip, a zip-up chest pocket and two-tone fab­ric. Avail­able in ‘for­est’ and ‘steel’ for men, S-XXL, and ‘for­est’ and ‘vino’ for women, size 8-16. 97% polyester. alp­kit.com

LAOWA 7.5MM F2 MI­CRO FOUR THIRDS LENS, £499

If you’re a Pana­sonic/olym­pus CSC user, and want a re­ally wide-an­gle lens then read on. This man­ual fo­cus f2 lens has a 110° an­gle of view – great for cap­tur­ing big, wide land­scapes. It weighs just 170g, is 55mm long, fo­cusses down to 12cm, and has an alu­minium body and chromium mount. It’s a rec­ti­lin­ear lens – so straight lines should have min­i­mal dis­tor­tion. Sup­plied with a metal, pe­tal lens hood. laowalens.co.uk

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